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Desperate Journey (1942)

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When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Flight Lt. Terrence 'Terry' Forbes
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Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
Nancy Coleman ...
Kaethe Brahms
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Major Otto Baumeister
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Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards
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Flying Officer Jed Forrest
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Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis
Albert Bassermann ...
Dr. Mather (as Albert Basserman)
Sig Ruman ...
Preuss
Patrick O'Moore ...
Squadron Leader Lane-Ferris
Felix Basch ...
Hermann Brahms
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Brahms (as Ilka Gruning)
Elsa Bassermann ...
Frau Raeder (as Else Basserman)
Charles Irwin ...
Captain Coswick
Richard Fraser ...
Squadron Leader Clark
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When Flight Lt Forbes and his crew are shot down after bombing their target, they discover valuable information, about a hidden German aircraft factory, that must get back to England. In their way across Germany, they try and cause as much damage as possible. Then with the chasing Germans about to pounce, they come up with an ingenious plan to escape. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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26 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Fugitivos del infierno  »

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When Ronald Reagan's character is awakened, he complains that in his dream he had a date with Ann Sheridan. Reagan had played opposite Sheridan three teams including his two previous features, "Juke Girl" and "Kings Row." See more »

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While the men are walking through a swamp and Kirk is describing how much food he scrounged during the First World War, his words clearly don't match his lip movements. See more »

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Flight Lieutenant Terrence Forbes: Any luck?
Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards: There is no food left in Germany! I went through three farmhouses. Nobody lived there. They hadn't left a crumb. I even met a rat in a closet eating its heart out.
Flight Lieutenant Terrence Forbes: Who was it? Goebbels?
Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards: It couldn't have been if it had a heart.
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Waltzing Matilda
(1895) (uncredited)
Original music by Christina Macpherson (1895)
(Based on the Scottish tune "Craigielee", music by James Barr, with words by Robert Tannahill)
Revised music by Marie Cowan (1903)
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1895)
Partially sung a cappella by Errol Flynn
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Almost like watching a film version of a MEDAL OF HONOR video game...
11 October 2006 | by (Petersburg, Vasaria) – See all my reviews

If you're one of those people who loves playing World War II video games like the highly acclaimed MEDAL OF HONOR or CALL OF DUTY series, chances are that you're going to love this action-packed Errol Flynn adventure, filmed at a time when Hollywood was engaged to fight the dirty Nazis.

Remember that level in MEDAL OF HONOR: ALLIED ASSAULT when the lone Lt. Mike Powell infiltrated a German bunker complex in disguise and then caused mass panic amongst the enemy when he sabotaged an armory? What about that level in CALL OF DUTY when a team of American soldiers stole a roadster and raced against the pursuing Nazis? And what about that final level when Lt. Jimmy Patterson stormed a hidden airfield single-handedly, defeated the sinister Colonel Von Sturmgeist, and took off in a secret German aircraft in MEDAL OF HONOR: FRONTLINE? It's all here in this film. And what about those exciting and melodramatic symphonic scores by Michael Giacchino that really kept your adrenaline going while playing? It's here too, furiously and stirringly composed by the great Max Steiner.

Here too are the bumbling Germans who can't even shoot straight, as well as the sinister Nazi commander (Raymond Massey). And, of course, we have the small team of Allied heroes who single-handedly defeat the enemy (Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, and the delightful Alan Hale are among them), steal German uniforms for disguises, and enjoy blowing up stuff when they have nothing else to do behind enemy lines. Remember in MEDAL OF HONOR when there were no more Germans to kill at the moment and you blew up oil barrels with grenades while waiting for some more Germans to come and get you? That's the gag.

Equally effective in the cast is the petite Nancy Coleman in a small role, who reminds me so much of Kate Beckinsale in her closeups. The film is directed at a lightning pace by veteran Raoul Walsh, so there's hardly a dull moment in the film.

Grand escapist fun all the way--but like the video games it has inspired, don't expect anything deep here. Just turn your brain off and enjoy an Indiana Jones-ish film about a small team of Allied airmen performing far-fetched but exciting stunts against a giant mass of idiotic Nazis.


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